Most people know that regular brushing and flossing are essential for optimal dental health. But the bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach into every small groove and depression in your teeth, especially the really bumpy back teeth. That’s where dental sealants can be invaluable. In this post from Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte, we share everything you ever wanted to know about dental sealants.
Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to remove. The procedure is quick, manageable and painless.
Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. Sealants are most commonly applied to the first and second molars, which are at the highest risk for decay.
Q. When should sealants be applied?
A. The best time is early – while the teeth are cavity-free. We can advise you.
Q. Are sealants just for kids?
A. Not necessarily. Talk to us about whether sealants could benefit you.
Q. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
A. Yes. Vigilant oral hygiene is still essential to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gumline.
At Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte, the dental health of each patient is always our top priority. Services include family dentistry, and specialties like dental implants. Schedule your next checkup today.
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